Monday has arrived, and you know what that means, don’t you? Time for some music! This week is a freebie week, so grab your favorite tune(s), and come dance with us, won’t you? Let’s get this party started!
Let’s start with a song that is nearly 10 years old, but this version from this group was freshly uploaded to YouTube just two weeks ago – the lyrics fit well with all that’s going on today, so I know you’ll enjoy it like I do.
Next up, is another new song from this favorite artist, the upbeat offering is a plucky love song to someone the artist dubs “Miss Tumbleweed,” who makes him want to join in on her “gypsy ways.”
Hey miss tumbleweed, I believe / two tumbleweeds is better than one / everybody needs a buddy when they’re on the run / Hey miss tumbleweed, let’s ride the breeze / town to town just kickin’ up dust / make a little trouble, might make a little love
The artist was quoted as saying:
“In October 2019, this title came to me. I liked it because I felt like life was flying by so fast, faster and faster all the time. But music has always been the place where it slows down and doesn’t even exist. I would never have imagined that, in 2020, this album title would take on a whole new meaning and yet somehow still feel so incredibly relevant.”
Just before his album is set to drop, the artist will take the reins as a first-time host of the Academy of Country Music Awards. Originally slated for mid-April, the show was postponed to September 16th due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The rescheduled event will now take place in Nashville, with performances happening at the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe.
Give a listen to Keith Urban with “Tumbleweed”:
Next up is another favorite artist who revives one of his hit songs that was featured on two of his previous albums, “18 ‘Til I Die” and “MTV Unplugged”. Here the artist is singing live to the original TV track onto his iPhone. Pretty cool if you ask me!
With a timeless voice, here’s Bryan Adams with “I Will Always Be Right There”:
Last, but certainly not least, this artist wrote this song during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. During that time, the vast majority of Americans were living in various degrees of quarantine and isolation. Fear and uncertainty dominated the zeitgeist. He felt it was his duty as a musician to record a song about it.
He started things off with an Instagram post on March 19 showing him doing dishes at JBJ Soul Kitchen, a New Jersey restaurant he owns. The caption of the post read, “When you can’t do what you do, you do what you can.” The implication was that he couldn’t perform live because of the lockdown so he helped out at his restaurant instead.
After that, he recorded himself playing the first verse and the chorus of this song. He then asked his fans to share their pandemic experiences on social media with the hashtag #DoWhatYouCan.
The song is full of images of life from the pandemic, with the chorus urging us to do the best we can for ourselves and for each other during difficult times.
When you can’t do what you do, you do what you can / This ain’t my prayer, it’s just a thought I’m wanting to send / Round here we bend but don’t break, down here we all understand / When you can’t do what you do, you do what you can
The artist first performed the finalized version of this song on April 22, 2020, for the Jersey4Jersey benefit special, which also featured Bruce Springsteen, Halsey, Tony Bennett, SZA, and Fountains of Wayne all performing from their homes. The band added their instrumental parts later, also from their homes.
The music video pays tribute to the resilience of New Yorkers as we see the artist performing the song in an empty Times Square during lockdown. He was quoted as saying:
“Shooting a video on nearly empty streets of Manhattan amid a global crisis really told the story of ‘Do What You Can’ from the place where I lived it. And I know those empty streets look similar to so many parts of America battling this pandemic. But the story of everyday heroes showing amazing courage was inspiring to see and the video, much like the song, has a great deal of hope in it too.”
Without further ado, I give you Bon Jovi with “Do What You Can”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday, I’ll see you on the dance floor, keeping that social distancing! Seriously though – hope you all are staying safe and healthy.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!